Larry Hofmann, a native of Mankato, Minnesota, began painting full time in 1977, employing acrylic paint and airbrush. Initially, he focused on the Western landscape, but in 1983 he began experimenting with Midwestern imagery, oil paint and brush. Until 1994 his images were nearly always derived from photographs that he had taken. He eventually abandoned photography and worked entirely from small pencil sketches until 2006 when he ultimately returned to photographic images as the basis for his paintings. Hofmann has exhibited extensively since 1977, and in 1981 he won the First Annual Competition for Representational Painting from Selkowitz Fine Art in New York. Hofmann has been commissioned to paint major works for numerous regional corporate art collections including The St. Paul Companies, Securian, Honeywell and United Health Care.